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Old 06-24-2019, 09:25 PM
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Default Deer Feeder Advice

OK I know this is a rifle forum but I figure someone out there has dealt with this. I have a liberal racoon that has figured out how to chew the lid off the 5 gallon plastic buckets I use with my Moultrie deer feeders and help himself. I checked around town and no one has steel buckets anymore. Only place I could find them was Amazon. They have some with clamp on lids but I remember seeing them a long time ago with bolt on lids like a steel drum. The Moultrie feeders will mount on the bottom of anything. Any suggestions on chew proof buckets?
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:22 AM
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Haha Dusty 31 I have too many coons to even make a dent and they only come out at night. The answer was on my deck; 6 gallon galvanized ash bucket from Lowe’s.
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:33 AM
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https://www.zoro.com/justrite-oily-w...SABEgLxefD_BwE

this may work, but you will have to make a lock for it.
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:40 AM
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Once you get your steel bucket be prepared to protect the spinner. we have 55 gal feeders with legs and they would empty the barrels in no time hanging on the legs and spinning the plate. We ended up building cages that wrapped around the bottom of the barrel. Squirrels will figure it out as well...
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:50 PM
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So that’s what they’re doing. I have videos of the suckers hanging upside down from the feeder. They’re spinning the darn metal vanes to make the corn come out.

I don’t have any big trees near this feeder. If I did I’d hang it 30 feet in the air. Don’t think they could get it then but even if they did the video would be entertaining
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:08 PM
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I had a terrible time here in western Maryland with Black Bears and Raccoons breaking my buckets and feeder units. I ended up wrapping the tree I suspended the bucket/barrel from in Barbed Wire. Each loop was about 2" apart and about 6 feet of the tree was wrapped. Problem Solved !!
I just wish I had set up a camera to watch them try and climb the tree.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:07 PM
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Now that's an idea. Prolly the simplest and cheapest solution.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:19 PM
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I have six 55gallon deer feeders on my ranch. If it wasn't raccoons it was squirrels getting into them. And if it wasn't squirrels it was porcupines. Most of them are Moultrie magnum feeder units but I had to put cages. And even then they would climb the legs and mess with the solar or hog light wiring.

The only solution I found was to convert all six to tripod hanging feeders with 14ft legs. That keeps them from being able to get to the spinner or wiring with braked winches to refill way easier.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:30 PM
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Sika deer will do the same thing once they figure out how to spin the feeder out. Hang a small pulley on a limb if possible and just hoist the feeder well into the clear.

Once they began to hit the feed on the ground they'll be looking down and not up, not being able to reason for whats going on.

More often than not....... Raccoons are pretty pesky though, and will surprise you.
I don't like when they try to get in the stand with you, they cant see worth a darn.
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